The Jersey County Victorian Festival

Civil War Era
Historical Demonstrations

Jerseyville, Illinois

Labor Day Weekend

Victorian Civil War
Style Show

"Four score and seven years ago ..." So began the Gettysburg Address and each day at 12:30 pm President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln are ably portrayed by the husband and wife team of Max and Donna Daniels from Wheaton, Illinois. Donna will explain the history and significance of the Address and Max will give a moving rendition of one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Learn what, how, and why Civil War era women wore what they did as Mrs. Lincoln narrates the show that is informative, entertaining, and educational. The show starts daily at 11 am.
Musical and rhythm instruments of the period Early Blacksmith
“The Black Pearl” will demonstrate early skills of blacksmithing.

Living History

There were many domestic activities that the people of the Civil War era had to practice to produce goods that we take for granted today. For instance, all the tools, utensils, and other essential items had to be made by hand by the local blacksmith or the farmers themselves. Visitors to the Festival will be able to see first hand many of these activities performed by artisans who want to keep these traditional skills alive. There are many artisans demonstrating historical working crafts at the Festival and include wheat weaving, wood carving, gunsmithing, rope making, quilting, blacksmithing, pottery, and even a dulcimer instrument maker who is also a musician.

Great Wheel Lathe
Great wheel lathes were used
by woodworking craftsmen.

Another working blacksmith demonstrates
the “hardware store” of the past.

Vernon DePauw has been recognized nationally
by "Early American Life" in 2009.
Demonstrations will be held on making guns
and has period guns for sale.


Official Event of the Sponsored by
ILL-MO Tractor and Engine Club   Historical Steam and Living History
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